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Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar

#96 of 1,882 Restaurants in Tampa
#99 of 2,073 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Historic Ybor
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1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 242-6688
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Sushi, just a little loud inside

The sushi was delicious and had a great presentation. We love going to this restaurant as long as we're up for a night of loudness. If the restaurant would change their decor they could have more of the noise absorbed. Then this place would be excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
JzTz2013
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Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Tampa, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The sushi was delicious and had a great presentation. We love going to this restaurant as long as we're up for a night of loudness. If the restaurant would change their decor they could have more of the noise absorbed. Then this place would be excellent.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

One of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. It took 30 minutes for my wife to get her wine which was a lovely warm, white wine. Spring rolls tasted like fried baby food. Edamame was cold. My wife ordered a Bagel role and it had the least amount of fish I've ever seen in a sushi roll. When I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Excellent services, Excellent food amd Excellent atmosphere. Very very pleased with this restaurant!!!! The bathrooms were even clean.

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Montgomery, Alabama
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We've been coming to Samurai Blue over the years and have always been impressed with the quality and freshness of everything they serve. Last night was no exception, we started with the Hamachi Kama (Tuna cheeks), simply the best appetizer they have amongst many good ones. Us locals love it and they sell so fast that we know that by... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I've been to this restaurant five times, I finally decided I should write a review because it's been a consistent experience. The sushi is great! The presentation is great, the freshness is exactly what you would want from a sushi restaurant. However, the service all five times was terrible and very frustrating. I tried various tables, sushi bar and booth... More 

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florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Couldn't believe how tasty the sushi was here. Well-prepared, well-sauced, well-served. This will be what all sushi going forward will have to compete with.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

We had an excellent evening! We had reservations and were seated immediately by an adorable hostess. We asked about the history of this impressive building and the hostess seemed happy to tell us about it. The building is very cool and just gives this restaurant so much character. Our waitress, Alex was exceptional and the sushi and cocktails were excellent!... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We ate at the sushi bar. Great, fresh sushi! The sushi chefs are fun and you get your food quick. Bar was a bit slow but otherwise wonderful, nice service. Cool building too. It is not your typical Japanese sushi place. Worth going tol.

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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

For years I have enjoyed dining here, but this particular night was perfect. Seated immediately in my choice of the most private booth in the place we were greeted and began with wine and sake. We started with warm, filling Negi-maki and an enormous Ika Sansai. For dinner we had several pieces of sashimi - tuna, yellowtail, smoked salmon, eel.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Good sushi and drinks (why is a decent martini seemingly hard to find?). The prices are very fair and the atmosphere is nice, but not pretentious. The exteremely high ceilings (it is in an old industrial building) make it seem uncrowded even when it is packed. I would highly reccommend!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: (813) 242-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?